Committee Member

  • VO47478
  • Board/trustee role


The trustees hold Home-Start in trust for current and future beneficiaries by:
• providing leadership and direction within the ethos of Home-Start
• ensuring the scheme has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction
• being responsible for the effective performance and management of the scheme
• ensuring the scheme complies with legal and regulatory requirements, the objects of the scheme, the governing documents including the Home-Start Standards and Methods of Practice, the Home-Start Agreement and quality standards
• securing and guarding the scheme’s assets and taking care of their security, deployment and proper application
• ensuring that the scheme’s governance is of the highest possible standard
• undertaking an ambassadorial role for the scheme
• appointing sub-committees and agreeing their terms of reference and membership.

Owing to the ongoing pandemic some training and support may be delivered remotely i.e. phone/video calls, outdoor visits etc. Further guidance will be provided as part of induction.

Organisation aims and objectives

Home-Start East Fife have been supporting families across East Fife for over 30 years. Every year 20 - 30 trained volunteers support an average of 60 families with around 170 children. Home-Start East Fife has a staff team of four who work with the Board of Trustees to train and support volunteers so they in turn can support families. Support takes two forms: home-visiting and Family Support Groups. Home-visiting volunteers visit families in their own homes once a week to offer friendship and support, whether parents need an extra pair of hands, help to get out, or just some adult company and a listening ear. In this rural area of North East Fife, social isolation is one of the recurring reasons families are referred to us. Families are referred to us by health visitors, social workers, community psychiatric nurses and other local professionals, or parents can refer themselves. In addition to home-visiting volunteers, Home-Start East Fife runs three Family Support Groups, in Auchtermuchty, St Andrews and Cupar. The Family Support Groups are only for families referred to Home-Start East Fife. They provide a safe and stimulating environment for our parents and their pre-school children. Within the groups, our Family Support Group Co-ordinator and volunteers organise activities aimed at improving parenting skills and promoting positive interaction between parent and child and within their peer groups. Family Support Groups also provide a supportive environment and information exchange for parents experiencing difficulties. The children are given healthy snacks, and have access to educational toys and an environment that allows for physical activity.










3 hours per month. One year's minimum commitment. Either morning or afternoon on rotation


Experience required: People with management, committee, financial experience. People with knowledge of the voluntary sector. Anyone interested in assisting us in achieving our aims.
Travel details: Committee meetings take place at Home-Start East Fife offices in St Andrews approximately every six weeks; travel to and from committee meetings can be reimbursed.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Monthly expenses form to be completed and public transport costs reimbursed or national rate for car usage
Training details: Volunteer trustees can attend the Course of Preparation which runs for approximately 40 hours – usually one day per week for 8 weeks. There is also a Trustee Information pack available
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
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